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Dropshot Tips

  • mahtofire14
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    Mahtomedi, MN
    Posts: 7142
    #2142849

    I have a really hard time throwing the dropshot so if I can catch bass in tough conditions with it anybody can. Here’s a few tips that I’ve found to work along with a video. What kind of tips have you all picked up along the way. I’m certainly not an expert so I’d love to hear what you all have found works also.

    1. Don’t overwork it. Many times deadsticking it or letting the natural water motion give it action is enough. This is the one I have the most difficulty with.

    2. Use Maxscent flatworms. They attract more fish than anything I’ve found. Only issue is the gills like them too.

    3. Use a longer rod for extra leverage.

    4. Use a #2 Neko hook instead of a dropshot hook. They are a little stouter and can hold bigger plastics also.

    fishthumper
    Participant
    Sartell, MN.
    Posts: 6820
    #2142883

    Another fun video.

    Your 1st tip is Key.The less you work the bait the better.

    As far as baits go, the sky’s the limit. I tend to prefer strait tailed baits. I prefer to nose hook the baits tather than wacky rig them. Just my choice. wack rigging them will work as well. My #1 choice is the Robo worm 6″ fat strait tail worm. # 2 would be a fluke style of bait. The Berkley ones work the best but others seem to last longer.

    I still prefer the Dropshot style of Hook. I just feel you get better hookups with them. The longer shaft on the Neko hook can act as a lever when a fish gets out of the water and shakes their head with that drop shot weight on the other end.

    one other tip I have is to get away from a normal hookset. More of a upwards sweep or a simple lift and real works the best – For me anyway.

    one thing I noticed in your video is that you seem to be fishing your weight drop rather long. Not that there is anything wrong with that. It all depends on the cover you are fishing it in. if in some type of a grass weed I adjust the drop distance to have the bait just above the weed tips. I’d say 90% of the time my drop is in the 12-24″ range.

    One last tip is to make sure on the knot to pass that Tag end back through the hook eye after knot. Then pull on the tag end to rotate that knot so it sits in the middle of the Hook eye. This helps the hook stand strait out. you may have to adjust it often while fishing it as it often gets rotated one way or the other.

    tim hurley
    Participant
    Posts: 4270
    #2142891

    The Roboworm is bouyant so is more likely to stay perpendicular to your line.
    This rig can work well for Walters too I guess.

    mahtofire14
    Participant
    Mahtomedi, MN
    Posts: 7142
    #2142893

    I do like the roboworm. Haven’t had much success with it although I haven’t been using it when I’ve been dropshotting more often lately. I’ll have to get one on again.

    fishthumper
    Participant
    Sartell, MN.
    Posts: 6820
    #2142894

    The Roboworm is bouyant so is more likely to stay perpendicular to your line.
    This rig can work well for Walters too I guess.

    I catch a fair # of Walters each summer while dropshotting. I caught 2 of them just this last weekend.

    fishthumper
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    Sartell, MN.
    Posts: 6820
    #2142896

    I do like the roboworm. Haven’t had much success with it although I haven’t been using it when I’ve been dropshotting more often lately. I’ll have to get one on again.

    I have not tried the Berkley flatworm yet. I’m sure like most berkley baits they will be Great. They were really hard to find all of last year and early this year as well. I kind of gave up looking for them. The only thing I don’t like about powerbaits are the cost and how long they last. When the bite is really going it could become a expensive day using those flatworms or any powerbait for that matter.

    mahtofire14
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    Mahtomedi, MN
    Posts: 7142
    #2142899

    It’s funny, the dropshot and ned are getting pretty popular with the walter hunters. Guess they’ll be bass fishing whether they want to or not….. jester

    BigWerm
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    SW Metro
    Posts: 6954
    #2142901

    Good stuff Mahto, I’ve been meaning to try it off the dock at the cabin as it’s a softer bottom with 6-12″ sand grass and most stuff (raps/swim baits) gets fouled up.

    mahtofire14
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    Mahtomedi, MN
    Posts: 7142
    #2142902

    Good stuff Mahto, I’ve been meaning to try it off the dock at the cabin as it’s a softer bottom with 6-12″ sand grass and most stuff (raps/swim baits) gets fouled up.

    I’ve been seeing a lot of people using it for bluegills with good success also. Might be good for that off the dock as well. Smaller hooks and panfish plastics obviously.

    fishthumper
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    Sartell, MN.
    Posts: 6820
    #2142979

    I’ve been seeing a lot of people using it for bluegills with good success also. Might be good for that off the dock as well. Smaller hooks and panfish plastics obviously.

    I have had good luck using it for panfish as well. I also have had great success using it on Leech lake each fall for Perch. I use a Berkley gulp panfish size minnow on it. It tends to cut down on the smaller dink perch and often brings in the Biggest perch of the trip. In states where its allowed I’ll fish a Jighead in place of the sinker and fish a minnow on the jighead and a plastic on the dropshot. Its a blast when you have a fish on both hooks at the same time !!!

    Ford Guy 1
    Participant
    Chanhassen, MN
    Posts: 57
    #2143038

    For anyone that uses the Berkley Flatworm, or any Berkley Maxscent products, I was just at Scheel’s in EP and they still have the $3 off sale in effect. Several colors of the Flatworm in stock, both in the 3.6 and 4.25 inch sizes. The sale has been going on for the past couple of weeks, not sure why they don’t show it on their website though. And it is for all their Maxscent products they carry.

    Aboxy17
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    Posts: 270
    #2143071

    I’m a big smallie guy so I love to drop shot. They are deadly on Mille Lacs. For walleye, I use a drop shot and a leech and I love it works great. When I got bored of fishing docks with senkos this spring I started fishing them with drop shots and it actually worked great The other odd thing I will do is go way up in the reeds on White Bear early season and pitch into the little pockets between the reeds with a paddle tail and drop shot. Loads of bass up in the thickest reeds.

    Joe Jarl
    Participant
    SW Wright County
    Posts: 826
    #2143076

    Another tip to add, not sure it was mentioned. On the cast or pitch, try to maintain little or no slack in the line. So often when using the DS the bite will come on the drop or the instant it hits bottom. When making further casts that can be tricky. Then I’m sure to watch the line for any strikes.

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